Curtin University Information

  • Introduction

    Curtin University is Western Australia's largest university and a community of great cultural diversity. We have a strong commitment and responsibility to prepare our graduates to live and work in a global environment. We're widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of our courses, which equip graduates with essential skills through exposure to industry and business. This combination ensures our graduates are effective in the workplace immediately after they've graduated.

    As part of this approach, Curtin fosters successful partnerships with industry, business and government to enhance the quality of our scholarships, teaching and research. We'll continue to develop existing partnerships and to establish new ones in areas relevant to our research and teaching.

    The Student Guild plays a vital role in representing the interests of all students in all aspects of University life. Curtin also has a branch of BankWest, a child care centre, a travel agent, a variety of cafes, and a tavern.

    Curtin offers a range of programs that enable our students to get more out of university life. All Curtin students have the opportunity to broaden their experience by interacting with 'UNILIFE'. Curtin provides innovative programs to ensure our graduates enter the marketplace with an edge. More than 60 major research centres and institutes provide students with opportunities to be part of cutting-edge research, which often leads to exciting and dynamic career paths.
  • Scholarships

    Scholarships are part of Curtin's commitment to rewarding academic excellence and enabling students from all backgrounds to realise their potential, to graduate with high practical employability skills and to achieve their ambitions. Curtin offers a number of undergraduate scholarships over a wide range of disciplines. Scholarships are awarded for academic merit to reward students who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement over the course of their studies; they are also available to students who have overcome significant barriers (including educational disadvantage, financial disadvantage, disability, rural and remote isolation).
  • Campuses and Centres

    Curtin Perth Campus
    The Curtin Perth Campus is the academic base for most of our students, bringing together a diversity of ages, cultures and learning disciplines. It covers 116 hectares and has a large number of retail outlets including banking services, bookshops and cafes. A range of support services is available to you, including learning support, health, counselling and disability services. A non-denominational University Chaplain is available to all students, providing wide-ranging support, assisted by occasional visiting chaplains. Housing Services offers a comprehensive housing service to students and staff. With 1,175 bed places on or adjacent to Curtin Perth campus and an extensive database of private accommodation options, we can help you find suitable housing with minimum delay. Seven residences are located on the Curtin Perth campus.

    Curtin is now a global university with campuses in Australia, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius and Singapore, as well as partnerships with more than 130 institutions worldwide. For information on all Curtin campuses, please visit https://about.curtin.edu.au/visit.
  • Admission criteria

    General admission criteria:
    Course specific criteria:
    • Some courses require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) above 70;
    • Any course prerequisites and other essential requirements for a particular course (refer to course search)

    Check the University Admission 2020 Admission Requirements for School Leavers brochure.

    There are a number of ways you can satisfy admission criteria. The University reserves the right to determine the appropriate equivalence. Although you may be eligible for admission to the University, this doesn't guarantee a place, particularly in courses for which there's competition for the number of places available.

    If you have completed AQF Certificate IV qualifications, you must also satisfy Curtin University's English Language Proficiency.

    English language proficiency
    You must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency for admission to Curtin University. You can demonstrate English Language Proficiency by achieving a scaled score of at least 50 in one of the following WACE courses: English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR (for eligible students).

    Please be advised some courses have specific English requirements, refer to ‘Courses with higher English criteria’ for details.

    For details of approved English proficiency tests please visit futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.

    For further information on English Language Proficiency, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@curtin.edu.au or on 1300 222 888.

    English Language Enabling Course
    Curtin English offers Curtin's English Language Enabling course (ELE), an advanced academic English program that prepares domestic and migrant students from non-English speaking backgrounds for most undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Curtin. There are three intakes a year in Semester One, Semester Two, and a summer semester, and each course runs for either 10 or 17 weeks. An IELTS, PTE or equivalent test score is required for entry (see the Curtin English website for specific scores) although a longer pathway can also be offered if the specific score has not been met. For further information, see the Curtin English website, or contact Curtin English at curtinenglish@curtin.edu.au or on (08) 9266 5740.

    Non-school leaver applicants
    If you didn't complete your secondary education, there may be other pathways for entry, such as a completed Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma from a Registered Training Organisation.

    If you have completed AQF Certificate IV level qualifications, you must also satisfy English Language Proficiency. Please refer to English Language Proficiency section above.

    If you have technical and post-secondary qualifications and are unsure of your eligibility, contact the Admissions Office at admissions@curtin.edu.au or on 1300 222 888.

    For pathway information visit futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.

    Mature age WACE requirement for Medicine
    Mature age applicants who wish to apply to study the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery are advised that they are required to study four WACE ATAR courses to be eligible. Applicants applying on the basis of fewer than four courses will not be considered for this course. It is also important to note that mature age applicants should not possess a tertiary record if they're looking to apply by completing four ATAR courses. For further information, please visit the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements webpage.

    Overseas-qualified applicants
    If you have completed or currently completing overseas qualifications, please visit the following webpage for information: futurestudents.curtin.edu.au/undergraduate/overseas-qualifications/. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@curtin.edu.au or on 1300 222 888.
  • Admission pathway courses

    Curtin offers bridging programs to selected students who don't satisfy admission criteria for chosen courses. Check your eligibility for these courses, and make sure the course will allow you to continue into the undergraduate degree of your choice.

    UniReady Enabling Program
    The UniReady Enabling Program is offered by Curtin Learning and Teaching and aims to develop independent learning skills in preparation for university-level study. It's a bridging course that facilitates your access to university by meeting the conditions of Curtin's minimum admission requirements. Please note, UniReady now incorporates the Enabling Course for Science, Engineering and Health and will now enable students to meet the entry requirements for a range of *Health, Humanities, Business and Science and *Engineering undergraduate courses.

    *Not direct access to all courses.

    Please visit curtin.edu/uniready for details. For further information, please contact UniReady at uniready@curtin.edu.au or on 08 9266 7632.

    Note: You must be over the compulsory school age as defined by the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 in the year you want to study in the UniReady Enabling Program.

    Applications for the following courses are made directly to Curtin University. For further information visit http://karda.curtin.edu.au/ or contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies Student Services at cas.enquiries@curtin.edu.au or on (08) 9266 7091.
    • Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course (ITEC)
      The Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers the ITEC, which is an enabling course designed to bridge Indigenous students into undergraduate degree programs. The broad aims of the course are to develop the knowledge and competencies required by Indigenous people to access and complete undergraduate degree programs.
    • Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Science Enabling Course
      The Indigenous Pre-Medicine and Health Sciences Enabling Course is designed to provide an alternate pre-entry pathway for Indigenous students into undergraduate courses within the Faculty of Health Sciences including Medicine. The course aims to give students the skills and confidence to pursue higher education in the fields of medicine and health sciences in a culturally appropriate environment.
    • Indigenous Pre-Business Enabling Course
      The Indigenous Pre-Business Enabling Course is provided to support Indigenous Australian students in developing fundamental and significant knowledge and practices in business, commerce, marketing, management, academic writing, communication, and cross-cultural leadership. Successful completion of this course will provide a strong foundation for students to articulate with an ATAR equivalence of 70 into an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Business and Law.
    • Indigenous Pre-Science and Engineering Enabling Course
      The Indigenous Pre-Science and Engineering Enabling Course is designed to provide Indigenous Australian students the fundamentals of education in the Science and Engineering field with an introduction to Science (STEM) subject areas. Successful completion of this course with an ATAR Equivalence entry score and career pathway counselling, will provide a strong foundation for students to articulate into a Multidisciplinary Science or other nominated undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
  • Portfolio Entry into selected courses

    Alternative entry is available for selected courses for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin's ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio. Applicants are required to provide a complete Portfolio in addition to applying through TISC. Please note that an interview may be required as part of the application process. If you are a school leaver, please prepare your supporting documentation before the end of the school year to ensure you have the required documents. In particular, letters of support can be harder to obtain after the school year has concluded. For further information about the portfolio requirements and application process, please visit curtin.edu.au/portfolio-entry. See the Course Search facility for courses which are available for Portfolio Entry.
  • Special consideration

    Curtin realises that, at times, an applicant’s preparation for entering university may have been compromised or disadvantaged by circumstances outside their control. Please visit curtin.edu/special-con for information on applying for special consideration.
  • StepUp to Curtin

    Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but have not had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry. That’s where StepUp can help.

    StepUp to Curtin is a collaboration of two Alternative Access Schemes, StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus). Both schemes are for school leavers and non-school leavers, and grant an adjustment factor of additional ATAR points making applicants eligible to be considered for admission into Curtin courses.

    Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into courses at Curtin University, in courses with no prerequisites or where prerequisite requirements have been met.

    StepUp to Curtin is one of many equity initiatives at Curtin that work towards breaking down the barriers to higher education.

    Note: The 2020 school list is for Western Australian applicants only and will be finalised and made available on curtin.edu/stepup by early August 2019.

    Please visit our StepUp to Curtin for details. For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at StepUp@curtin.edu.au or on 1300 222 888.
  • Past and current students of Curtin University (including WAIT and WASM)

    Unless you are applying for Medicine at Curtin, apply directly to Curtin University if you:
    • Are a current Curtin student seeking to course-switch into another course; or
    • Are a past Curtin student who has previously been awarded a grade/mark or have withdrawn unit(s) after census date; or
    • Are a student completing or who has previously completed a Stage 2 Diploma with Curtin College - formerly Curtin International College (CIC); or
    • Are a student who has previously been awarded a grade/mark or has withdrawn unit(s) after the census date in one of the Enabling Programs offered by Curtin University and is now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Have been/are enrolled in Not For Degree Study (formerly known as Curtin Extension) and are now seeking admission to an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Are a student who has completed previous studies at Curtin College of Higher Education or VTEC; or
    • Are a student who is seeking enrolment into Cross-Institutional units; or
    • Are applying for mid-year entry; or
    • Have been awarded a grade, mark or withdrawn record, or are currently enrolled in Curtin Unit(s) via Open Universities Australia (formerly Open Learning Australia), and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course.

    If you deferred from your offer in 2019 and now wish to commence your studies in your deferred course in 2020, please note you will receive an email from the Curtin Admissions Office with information on how to take up your deferred offer. You are not required to submit an application for the deferred offer.

    Apply through TISC if you:
    • Deferred your offer in 2019 and now wish to apply for entry to a different course (not the course you deferred from), either at Curtin or another WA University; or
    • Have been/are enrolled in the Health Sciences Graduate Entry Foundation Course and are now seeking admission into an undergraduate degree course; or
    • Want to apply for Medicine at Curtin: or
    • Are a student who has an incomplete diploma or is not intending to complete a diploma with Curtin College formerly Curtin International College (CIC).
    • Are a current year 12 student enrolled in the UniReady in Schools program.
  • General Information

    Deferment of studies
    If you've received a TISC offer, you can defer your studies in the offered course for a period of twelve months.

    If the course you wish to defer has a mid-year intake and availability for students to return to their course after six months, you will receive an email from Curtin University in late April with information on how to take up your offers in semester two. Otherwise you will be contacted in September with information on taking up the deferred offer in semester one the following year. A place of study in the same course will only be guaranteed for the following twelve months.

    If you have a deferred Curtin place and you want to apply for courses other than your deferred course, you must lodge a new application through TISC even if they are Curtin courses. (See Did you defer your place in 2019?). Please view Calendar for relevant applications and processing deadline dates.

    External and online studies
    Courses available on an external basis are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function. For further information regarding availability of external courses, please see the Curtin 2020 Course Handbook.

    Some Curtin courses are delivered either partially or fully online. In these courses, you don't attend classes on campus. Course materials are available online and you learn using a variety of sources that can include interactive videos and animations, simulations, online workgroups, etc. You need to have internet access for Online Studies. Online Studies courses are indicated on the individual course entries available via the Course Search function.

    Fees and charges
    Visit the Fees@curtin website, telephone 1300 222 888, or email.

    Clinical health sciences
    If you're a student in a course that includes supervised practice (including research) in a clinical setting, you're required to undergo screening for, and vaccination against, a range of infectious diseases before beginning the placement. For specific details relating to these requirements, see healthsciences.curtin.edu.au/studying-health-sciences/fieldwork/. Criminal record screening is also necessary and, where relevant the Working with Children Checks.

    Application for credit transfer through Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)
    At Curtin, you can apply for advanced standing (Credit for Recognised Learning) based on certain previous studies at Tertiary level (completed Diploma level or above) through a recognised institution, or other equivalent professional qualifications and/or experience. The amount of advanced standing awarded is dependent on factors such as the structure of individual courses, major selection (if applicable), and the requirements for students to complete a sufficient number of units to warrant the conferral of a Curtin University award. Applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis after an offer has been made. Please visit Future Students for details. For further information, contact the Admissions office at CRL@curtin.edu.au or on 1300 222 888.

    See Advanced standing/credit transfer.

    Student guild
    Information about the Curtin Student Guild will be available at the time of enrolment. When you enrol at Curtin, you automatically become a member of the Guild, which provides a range of very useful support services to students and is involved in organising many social, sporting and club-based activities at our campuses. For further information visit us at Building 106F, Curtin Perth campus (Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm) or contact the Student Guild on (08) 9266 2900, country callers 1800 063 865 or email.

    Student Experience
    Please visit https://students.curtin.edu.au/ for detailed information on Curtin Student experience.
  • Further information

    Admissions Office
    The Admissions Office is the main point of contact for any information related to your offer during the TISC offer rounds. Admissions staff also facilitate qualification assessment and specialised information about your eligibility to the University.

    Email: admissions@curtin.edu.au
    Telephone: 1300 222 888
    Telephone Hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm; Friday 10am - 4.30pm

    Curtin Connect Future Students
    Visit our online support centre for questions on offerings, admission criteria, bridging and enabling courses. Anything Curtin course-related, we can answer it.

    Online enquire: future.connect.curtin.edu.au
    Web futurestudents.curtin.edu.au
    Telephone: 1300 222 888
    Telephone hours: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm; Friday 10am - 4.30pm (excluding public holidays)
    Visit: Curtin Connect (Building 102) Curtin University, Bentley

    CRICOS Provider Code: 00301J